WICHITA — Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery in Salina is closing, which means the winery's Wichita store also is going out of business.
Under the Cork at NewMarket Square will close late this month.
"The winery has really been flourishing," says owner Norm Jennings.
The problem is he and his wife, Jen, have a new calling.
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"Essentially, about two years ago the Lord started to take us on a journey of working with different couples, premarital couples and couples in crisis, and students on just developing healthy relationships," Jennings says.
They have At Stake Ministries.
He says it's not feasible to keep the winery and let someone else run it.
"It's very hard just to hire somebody that can manage the processes," he says.
He tried selling the winery, but that proved tough, too.
"It's not a viable investment," Jennings says. "You really have to be owner-operators. You really need to find somebody that that's their dream."